Saturday,Aug 7, 2021
First Race: 12:05pm • Last Race: 5:05pm
Make your way to Flemington for the start of another season of stand-out thoroughbred racing.
Our first race day of the new season brings the heat with a competitive field lining up for their shot at racing glory.
The new racing season kicks off at Flemington Racecourse in stellar fashion, with VRC Season Premiere Race Day featuring the first Group race of the 2021/2022 season. The nine-race card boasts the Group 3 Aurie's Star Handicap, a renowned starting point for springtime’s stars.
This race meeting will be conducted without spectators. For the latest update regarding the new lockdown restrictions on this weekend’s race day, please click here.
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Follow tipster Nick Quinn as he provides live previews and tips throughout the day.
The Aurie's Star Handicap starts the new racing season with a bang this weekend. Quite often providing a starting point for many sprinters heading towards a spring campaign in Melbourne, it is raced down the famous Flemington straight.
The sports of equestrian and racing have always been interlinked, with the love of the horse at the core of both. As the dust settles on the recent success of eight-time Olympian Andrew Hoy and the Australian team at the Tokyo Olympics, we remember the past achievements.
Tommy Smith and Bart Cummings were both indisputably legends of Australian racing. It seems fitting then, that they both had 246 Group 1 career wins. Hot on their tails are TJ's daughter, Gai Waterhouse, and the formidable Chris Waller.
On the first anniversary of the passing of Chief de Beers, we remember a racehorse who was not only renowned for his tough performances on the track, but also his successful post-racing career in the Queensland Mounted Police.
Football coach turned horse trainer Denis Pagan had a dream come true when Johnny Get Angry won the 2020 Victoria Derby. With a run in the Aurie's Star on the cards this week, can he steer him on a path to Lexus Melbourne Cup success?
Horses are herd animals, and most thrive better with a friend by their side. Many stables have companion ponies, a little buddy that accompanies the horses to race days and lives with them at the stables. Here we meet Betty, the stable pony at Cerchi Racing on course at Flemington.